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Lebanon, Ill. - The Spartan men's wrestling program traveled to McKendree University for the first of two duals this season against the very talented McKendree squad and came up just short, losing 15-22.
Coach James Kisgen proved why he has been a recipient of the NAIA Coach of the Year Award. His team was able to do just a little more to pull out a narrow victory. In a dual that was decided by split second calls and hard wrestling by both teams the Bearcats of Mckendree were able to win in the end.
The dual started off with a tight overtime win at heavyweight for McKendree. Efrain Aguilar continued his run for an undefeated season with a pin at 125lbs. Esmond Ford, Marty Rubalcaba and Tyler Holloway won decision matches at the 133lb, 141lb and 149lb weight classes respectively.
Senior Robert Nickson moved up a weight class to battle a very talented foe from the Bearcats. Nickson battled hard but fell by decision at the 157lbs weight class. The Spartan were open at 165lb class and had to give up 6 points to McKendree. At the 174lb and184lb weight classes the Bearcats were able to pick up victories by decision and major decision.
Freshman Andrew Carter rose to the occasion only losing by major decision to one of the top 184lb wrestlers in the country in any division. Going into the last match the score was 19-15 Bearcats. The Spartans needed a technical fall or a pin to win or major decision to tie the dual meet. McKendree won a narrow decision to clinch a exciting dual between the two talented teams.
The Spartans next travel to Conway, Ark. this weekend to compete in the Central Baptist College Invite.
HWT- Ross Janney (McK) def. Joe Kent (MBU), Dec. 4-2 OT
125- Efrain Aguilar (MBU) pinned Tyler Orr (McK), Fall 3:26
133- Esmond Ford (MBU) def. Dylan Viglasky (McK), Dec. 10-7
141- Tyler Holloway (MBU) def. Kyle Black (McK), Dec. 8-2
149- Martin Rubalcaba (MBU) def. Devon Patterson (McK), Dec. 10-5
157- Josh Ballard (McK) def. Robert Nickson (MBU), Dec. 2-0
165- Tim Gilbert (McK) by forfeit
174- Luis Alba (McK) def. Thomas Connor (MBU), Dec. 6-3
184- Kyle Reid (McK) def. A.J. Carter (MBU), Maj. Dec. 19-6197- Andrew Davis (McK) def. Lucas Keene (MBU), Dec. 8-2